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When Through Deep Waters

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Here is one of those books that I would be watching behind my fingers if it were a movie. Really spine chilling in some parts.

A bit slow in some parts too and I often found my interest waning.

It would be really great as a movie though!
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When Through Deep Waters by Rachelle Dekker is an interesting novel.  The author wrote an amazingly gripping first chapter.  I had great hopes for this novel.  However, the novel quickly turned into a bizarre novel that I did not expect.  There was a bizarre use of children calling to the protagonist.  Also, there just wasn't a lot of hope in the face of grief.  I was deeply disappointed in this novel and cannot recommend it.  I received a digital copy of this novel from the publisher with no obligations.  These opinions are entirely my own.
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WOW! This is a captivating engrossing psychological thriller ! 
I loved this book..  I am thrilled to discover this author via Net Galley.
Thank you for the ARC which does not influence my review. 
 We are introduced to a woman named Alicen who had a terrible tragedy happen. She is having trouble dealing with the tragedy and the pain from her loss.  She retreats with a friend to a mountain location to recover and that is where the great subterfuge of this novel takes place. Is someone after her, watching her and stalking her or is she imagining things.?  Is this someone from her past or to do with the tragedy? As events add up the plot deepens and we see another side of Alicen. 
 Every reader will be unable to put this book down. 
I especially loved that the author included a strong current of gospel message in this book . It is so rare and so appreciated. I definitely recommend this book.  Rachelle Dekker is an author to watch. 
I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for my honest opinion.
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WHEN THROUGH DEEP WATERS.  By. Rachel. Dekker.   Tyndale
The story follows Alicen the tragedy in her life, and how she deals with it, and how it helped others that were around her. Strong gospel aspect woven nicely thru the story, as a support thread without being preachy. First I have read by her, and the plot flowed nicely to the end. The character of  Alichen was well presented, and story was well told. Received ARC from Net Galley and Tyndale for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
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“When Through Deep Waters” by Rachelle Dekker is a captivating read!  I was really impressed with her writing style with this book.  She definitely has inherited the gift to write from her father, Ted Dekker.

It is hard for me to classify this book in one genre.  I saw psychological suspense along with fantasy.  I also loved how she wove so much of the gospel message and the true nature of God into this book.  I think when an author can take a fiction book and weave the gospel message throughout the book, without being preachy,  that is truly a gifted author.

This book follows a woman named Alicen.  Alicen has a tragedy happen in her life.  We watch as Alicen deals with that tragedy and how it affects the other people in her life around her.

I would definitely recommend this book.  Rachelle Dekker is an author you don’t want to miss.  I read all her others books and loved them!

I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for my honest opinion.
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This is the first book by Rachelle Dekker that I have read. The story unfolds as Alicen who leads the perfect life suffers an unmentionable tragedy. She has no where to turn, so she goes to see an old friend who takes her under her wing and tries to get Alicen some help. The depression and the mourning Alicen feels is so accurately portrayed in the book, that you can't help but get caught up in her story. Throughout the book we see Alicen go through many emotions. Her experiences  are ones that she can't explain. As the reader, you are left to wander what is really happening to her.

I honestly found this book hard to follow and it didn't hold my interest for very long. Had it not been a book I was reviewing, I probably would have put it away, unread. It started off as a heart warming story, but quickly lead to almost a paranormal novel. I wasn't quite sure where it was headed, so I kept reading. I haven't read anything by this author to compare it to, but it just wasn't my kind of book. I would give this book 2 stars. I was graciously gifted this book by Tyndale house for an open and honest review.
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When Through Deep Waters is spine-chilling. I’m not going to lie, the first chapter about did me in. It just broke my mama heart in two, and I wasn’t sure that I could go on. The book jumps a couple months in the second chapter, giving my heart a chance to catch up. I feel like throughout the book, the deeper you get, the closer you get to everything blowing up. More than once I found myself holding my breath (successfully diverting my attention from the soul-sucking heat). If you’re needing a good read, you should definitely it pick up.
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This books covers a number of genres and it's done very well.

Alicen is living the so-called dream in California until horrific tragedy destroys everything. She then travels to her old stomping grounds and meets up with a childhood friend. But then the twists start happening as she begins to hear "things" and you start to wonder, "what in the world is going on with this poor girl?"

Dekker does a great job keeping you guessing throughout the story. She ramps up the tension in that the last fifteen to twenty percent of the book could be called a throw-down thriller.

Her ability to evoke such emotion for Alicen is phenomenal. The anxiety and the grief, the withdrawal into depression. The ability to get your heart racing with words is the true mark of this author. Let alone when writing about emotions and feelings inside a person's head.

Then the voice start, right?

This is a great book for Rachelle Dekker because it shows the readers that she can step out from her father's shadow. Her first trilogy felt like her dad had a hand in the story. That's okay, I guess, for someone's first outing but this book shouts out loud, "I can do this on my own!" And it's a great work.

The emotion is felt, the anxiety of not knowing what exactly is going to happen, the thrilling aspects toward the end make this a great book to read.
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Tackling the difficult topics of grief and mental illness, Rachelle Dekker has written a book far removed from that of her first trilogy, but in all the right ways.  Dekker has found her voice as a writer in a way I have been waiting for.

It’s hard to live your own life when you are always trying to please someone else.  Alicen McCaffrey has the life her mother wants for her, but its not the life she wants.  With a wildly successful husband, California home, and a daughter she adores, things seem perfect, until it all falls apart.  Alicen feels completely responsible and hits rock bottom feeling she has nothing left to live for.  Almost everyone abandons her and she turns to the one person she has left, a childhood friend who takes her back to their childhood home in Red Lodge, Montana.  Memories of their good times spent together and her grandmother who lived there come flooding back.  However, the good times aren’t the only things that come back.  Alicen starts hearing voices and seeing things that aren’t there and she fears she is losing it completely just as her grandmother was rumored to have done.  Is any of it real?  Or is this going to be more than she can take?

The name Dekker for me always draws me to books by Rachelle’s father, wo is one of my all time favorite authors with stories like no one else writes.  The first books Rachelle wrote reminded me all too well of her father’s writing which disappointed me, I was hoping for her own voice.  In When Through Deep Waters I finally saw that individual voice of hers coming out.  There was a moment or two she tried to put tie-ins to her father’s writing that could have been left out, but readers who haven’t read anything by him won’t even notice.  This story hit really close to home for me because I read it right after my son had been in an accident that could have been catastrophic; luckily it wasn’t, but the emotions were at a passionate high point anyway.  I felt a solid connection with the characters more than in any of her previous novels and could really see a growth in the writing.  A great deal of detail helped make the setting and the characters mesh in just the right way and brought the story to life.  I not only enjoyed Alicen as the main character, but also several of the secondary characters as well.  Labeling it as a thriller might be a stretch since that didn’t happen until close to the end; regardless, it is a book worth reading and keeping on the shelves for a long time.  I recommend this book to fans of both Dekkers’ and those that enjoy the writing of Tosca Lee and James Rubart.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed with are my own.
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I’ve read a lot of books. Few like this.

I’ve read books that wowed me with the twist at the end. I’ve read books that were so-so yet had enough entertainment value to rate them worthwhile—and books that didn’t. I’ve read books that were of significance in the societal story they told. I’ve read books that made me laugh, books that made me cry, books that swept me away to a make-believe existence. But every once in a very long while, I read a book that grabs something inside of me and shakes it—grabs and won’t let go, pulling me into the life of a character so completely that I’m somehow melded with them in their struggle. 

To say I was invested in this character is a gross understatement. This is the kind of investment for which authors strive. Alicen McCaffrey begins her story quite unlikeable. Self-absorbed, well-to-do, shallow . . . Alicen quickly became someone I felt deeply sorry for—not just sympathetic, but my heart broke for her as I shared in her unbearable grief and resulting sickness. 

Having a brother with severe mental illness likely pulled me even stronger into this story. Witnessing his schizophrenia, it’s not hard to picture a non-existent world so real that you not only can touch it but be threatened by it—even to the point of death. Stay away if you are uncomfortable with a close-up story of grief and delusions. There were a few times early in where I wondered if this book would leave a scar on my sanity. Happy to say it didn’t. It just left a mark on my heart of a character so real I prayed she would make it through the darkness.

One minute I believed this was happening. A page later—no, it’s that. (Avoiding spoilers here.) The author is skilled at keeping me guessing throughout. The further I ventured, the harder it was to put down. I lost sleep. I love that about a book.

After finishing the last page (very late), my mind filled with tags: freaky, crazy, emotional, spiritually lifting, joy, grief, light, darkness, evil, goodness. Everything. Every emotion rolled into a very involved and evolving battle. I am desperate to forget everything about this book so that I can read it again with the same hope, fear, heartache, joy.

In other words, I really liked it. I give this book FIVE stars (because that’s the max.) I can’t wait to get my hands on another by this author. I guess I should ad that it’s well written and edited, and that the character is very developed. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers via NetGalley. 
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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In the book When Through Deep Waters, author Rachelle Dekker tells the all too common story of the seemingly perfect life suddenly falling apart. Alicen seemed to have that perfect life, but a tragic event causes her life to unravel. Trying to pick up the pieces, she hopes that a friend and small town from her childhood will bring back happier memories. But is she losing her mind? Going crazy? Just like her grandma?
This is a mind bending read but it is a great book to make you think, what are ministering angels? I would highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Hen through Deep Waters is well written with a good plot.  A story of grief and despair to the point of going over the edge.  This is not normally my type of book I prefer suspense.  Not sure this book should be categorized as a mystery/thriller.
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When I started reading this book, I thought OK, another ghost book, but it's not that at all. Alicen was living the good life. She had everything she could ever want, then one day she lost her family and her mind. Grief will do that to you. One of her old childhood friends, Louise comes to get her to take her to a mountain lodge and for day treatment at a mental health facility.  She starts hearing childrens voices and giggling. Then she sees something. Is it a ghost? No, it's so much more. If you are a Christian or you believe that there is something bigger than us all, you will love this book. Even you you are not religious, you will love it. It is very well written, has a character, you  will care about and a message for all. It  has suspense, mystery and secrets. Somebody wants her dead, but who? This story made me cry  but the story is deep and meaningful.  received this book from Net Galley and Tyndale Publishing for an honest review but the opinions stated are all my own.
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I have read the Seer series by Rachelle Dekker, and I really enjoyed the first two books, but the third one kind of fell flat for me. So when I heard Dekker wrote a new book, When Through Waters Deep, I read the synopsis and was interested to read the book. The story is lumped in the Psychological Thriller genre. Dekker does a wonderful job at diving deep into the emotions and delusions of Alicen. I believe this is the strongest part of the novel. As for the thriller aspect, I really didn't see that coming. I don't even lump this story into that genre until the end of the book suggested it. It started more like a speculative novel, than ended with a thriller ending. The first seventy-five percent of the book doesn't read like a thriller should. There should have been more external danger to Alicen, but the only danger occurs right about ninety percent into the book. So I don't think it is a suspense novel either. 

Overall, Through Waters Deep by Rachelle Dekker is a truly unique story with a wonderful crafted dive into the world of someone's mind, but to place this book in a psychological thriller genre seems way too wrong for the actual plot. I believe fans of James Rubart, Amanda Stevens, and Ted Dekker might enjoy this novel. 

I received a complimentary copy of When Through Waters Deep by Rachelle Dekker from Tyndale Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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